Pedestrian Killed by Semi-Truck on I-70 in Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, CO. – A pedestrian was hit and killed by a semi-truck on Interstate 70 in Grand Junction, Colorado, according to an online news report from gjsentinel.com.*
The Grand Junction Police Department said the female pedestrian was walking in the right shoulder of I-70 East and was struck by a semi-truck near the 26 1/2 Road Bridge. The pedestrian, who has not yet been identified, died at the scene. It is not clear why she was walking on the interstate.
The driver of the semi-truck, who has also not been identified, stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. It is not clear if the driver will be charged or cited. A portion of I-70 was shut down after the accident to allow crews to investigate and clear the scene. Delays reached back to the 24 Road on-ramp. No additional information has been reported at this time.
According to a report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities in the United States have been rising at an alarming rate. Pedestrian deaths have risen substantially faster than other types of traffic deaths, increasing by 27 percent from 2007 to 2016. In 2007, pedestrian deaths accounted for 11 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S., and by 2016, that figure rose to 16 percent. Pedestrians are dying in higher numbers in traffic accidents today than at any other time in 33 years.
The report provides state-specific data, which shows that in 2016, Colorado had a pedestrian fatality rate of 1.52 per every 100,000 people. New Mexico had the highest pedestrian fatality rate at 3.45 per 100,000, and Nebraska had the lowest rate at 0.68 per 100,000.
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